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Bellator's four man heavyweight tournament includes Cheick Kongo, Lavar Johnson

Bellator's 9th season will include the promotional debuts of Cheick Kongo and Lavar Johnson, who will take part in the heavyweight tournament.

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Bellator's upcoming heavyweight tournament starts in just over two weeks, and the four man bracket is all set. There are two familiar ex-UFC faces on board, and they've been placed in separate semifinals. Per their official press release, here's what the matchups are:

-- Cheick Kongo (18-8-2) vs. Mark Godbeer (8-1)

-- Lavar Johnson (17-7) vs. Vinicius Queiroz (6-3)

Kongo's long stay in the UFC ended with a KO loss to Roy Nelson at UFC 159. The French striker's best win came in 2007 when he defeated Mirko Filipovic at UFC 75, but that was evidently the peak of his success in the division. Godbeer is making his Bellator debut as well, having several fights under his belt in Europe. The wonderfully named Englishman is nicknamed "The Hand Of" which obviously ties into his surname.

Johnson was cut from the UFC after a dreadful decision loss to Brendan Schaub, and then promptly failed the post-fight drug test when the California State AC confirmed he had elevated testosterone levels. "Spartan" Queiroz had just one UFC fight of his own, losing by submission to Rob Broughton and also failing his post-fight drug test. The Brazilian is 1-1 in Bellator, with his most recent fight ending in TKO loss to Alexander Volkov.

Bellator 102 airs live on Spike TV at 9 PM ET on October 4th. The "Summer Series" bantamweight tournament final between Rafael Silva and Anthony Leone will also be contested on this card, which takes place in Visalia, California.

SBN coverage of Bellator 102

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